To Bhuj; finally get tasty local cuisine: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 5

Morning snack on the way to Bhuj comprised the savoury, Khakras (right). The sweet Jalebis (left) were tempting, but avoidable.
Morning snack on the way to Bhuj comprised the savoury, Khakras (right). The sweet Jalebis (left) were tempting, but avoidable.

Off to Bhuj in the wee hours of the morning. The place is infamous for the wrong reasons: it was the epicenter of one of India’s worst ever earthquakes on January 26, 2001.

Thousands died on the fateful morning – tremors were felt as far as Delhi where buildings developed cracks. The Bhuj region had to be virtually rebuilt from scratch.

Snacked Khakras at an eatery near Bhachau. These are tubular fried snacks made from gramflour. Tea was served in saucers – cups are an option though.

Tea is usually served in saucers here - a cup is provided only if you ask for one. It is very sweet and hot.
Tea is usually served in saucers here - a cup is provided only if you ask for one. It is very sweet and hot.

Took a break at NGO, Khamir. They work with locals to preserve and market traditional arts. Went on a shopping spree to add to an already overloaded car.

Reached sooner than expected after hitting yet another unmapped road in India. Mapping companies here can never have happy customers – how does one collate badly documented information?

Was ready for lunch when I reached Bhuj; the highly recommended Hotel Annapurna deserved its top billing – they served an excellent selection of local Kutch lunch, known as Kachchi cuisine.

‘Menu at Hotel Annapurna’
‘Menu at Hotel Annapurna’

Annapurna has an interesting concept – they bring you a thali (large plate) with all dishes – you take out what you don’t want and get billed for the rest.

Had skipped breakfast – and was ready to gorge. Did so with three rotlas (bajra bread), sev tomato, mixed vegetable, potatoes and lentils. Can be quite heavy!

Venode Gor, Annapurna’s sweet looking ever smiling rotund owner, could not get his rotating eyes to focus on my camera. Proudly showed me all media coverage he has received.

Venode Gor, the proprietor of Hotel Annapurna
Venode Gor, the proprietor of Hotel Annapurna

A group of eight boys spent over half hour calculating their respective dues – was quite a sight with each counting their respective consumption, and doing the math on paper and calculators on their mobiles.

Checked into Hotel Prince – nothing royal about but I am told this is the best mid-budget option you get in Bhuj. Not that the options get much better.

Well fed, and secure for the night, I was off to find foxes who come for their evening treat at Kala Dungar.

Ajay Jain is currently on the Great Arabian Sea Drive, starting from Delhi and following the coastline all the way from Gujarat down to Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Follow all updates on:
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2 COMMENTS

  1. thanks for the great post . Do you want to recheck the date of Bhuj Earthquake ?
    BTW , I have followed most of your post as a trip to Kutch is one of my aspirations too !!!!

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